Report: Interns are suing the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for ridiculous hours and lack of pay

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Olsen Twins Face Intern Lawsuit


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will probably have to revamp their internship program, because their unpaid employees are beginning to sue them, according to multiple reports. A class-action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court accuses the celebrity twins of failing to pay roughly 40 past and present interns, under the umbrella of their Dualstar Entertainment company, for grueling hours spent on tedious tasks. The lead plaintiff, Shahista Lalani, is a former design intern who answered to the head technical designer of The Row, the Olsens' fashion label, for nearly half a year in 2012. "She was very demanding," Lalani, who claims she went to the hospital for dehydration at one point, said, according to Page Six. "I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night." Yikes.

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Report: Interns are suing the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for ridiculous hours and lack of pay
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Designers Mary-Kate Olsen (L) and Ashley Olsen speak onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Ashley Olsen, Jim Gold and Mary-Kate Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Designers Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Elizabeth and James SEPHORA VIB ROUGE Event on March 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the Lexus Design Disrupted Event at SIR Stage 37 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
SAG HARBOR, NY - AUGUST 16: Actress Ashley Olsen attends the 3rd Annual 'The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink' Benefit on August 16, 2014 in Sag Harbor, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Indiana Pacers Vs New York Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the J. Mendel Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Fresh Air Funds Salute To American Heroes at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Christian Louboutin Cocktail party at Barneys New York on November 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Mary- Kate Olsen (L) and Ashley Olsen attend the 2014 World Of Children Awards at 583 Park Avenue on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
Actress/designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Cinema Society & Thierry Mugler screening of 'Midnight in Paris' at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on May 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen arrive at the Elle Style Awards 2010 held at The Grand Connaught Rooms on February 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: It was easy to tell the Olsen twins apart at a MoMA benefit: Mary-Kate went for demure, while Ashley rocked a leopard print! (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend a private party to celebrate the launch of Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen's in line range 'Elizabeth and James' at Selfridges, on October 7, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2007 - Jenni Kayne - Front Row and Backstage at The Salon, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Jenni Kayne)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Accessories designer of the year award recipients Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen of The Row attend the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/WireImage)
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"You're like an employee, except you're not getting paid," Lalani, who typically worked 50-hour weeks, added. "They're kind of mean to you. Other interns have cried. I'd see a lot of kids crying doing coffee runs, photocopying stuff." The suit reportedly maintains that interns were doing the same work as their paid colleagues and that they were incorrectly classified as exempt from minimum-wage requirements. The interns contend they received neither paychecks nor, at the bare minimum, college credits.

Update: Dualstar, a company owned by the Olsen twins, has issued a statement in response to the allegations in the lawsuit filed against them:

As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organization that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws. The allegations in the complaint filed against Dualstar are groundless, and Dualstar will vigorously defend itself against plaintiff's claims in court, not before the media. Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety.


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